Resources

Donor conception register services

Writing your Statement of reasons

Advise for donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors needing to write a Statement of reasons to access identifying information through the Donor Conception Register Services.

This information sheet covers:

  • What should I say in my Statement of reasons?

 

 

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Experiences of donor conception - Riley's story

There is nothing to be feared

Riley talks about his experience of being donor conceived.  For as long as Riley can remember he has known about his conception.

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Journey to parenthood using donated sperm

Listen to this three part series on Dianne's journey to parenthood as a single mother using donated sperm, talking to her children about donor conception and meeting her sperm donor, Adrian. 

"My first child is five and a half now and my second child is 20 months.  It wasn’t “so Mum who’s my Dad” type of question.  It was “other kids have Dads where’s mine? So it was up to me to say that she did have a Dad and explain to her that he didn’t live with us".



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Telling their son about donor conception

Despite having their sons in the secretive era of donor conception in the1980’s, Kerry and her husband Greg had concerns that their story would come out later and so chose to be very open with their sons and their extended family from the start. They are so glad they did as a recent medical diagnosis requiring a bone marrow transplant would have revealed the secret at a very traumatic time.

Author: Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria

The History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria  was prepared for VARTA by Dr Fiona Kelly, Associate Professor in Law at La Trobe University, and Dr Deborah Dempsey, Associate Professor in Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology. The report was supported by the Victorian Government.

Published: December 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

VARTA launches online gallery

VARTA is excited to announce that its 'Donor conception: towards openness' exhibition, held at Melbourne's City Library Gallery in June, has now been permanently housed on the VARTA website.

Just as the original exhibition was the first of its kind, so too is this online gallery – a unique collection of art, photography, writing, artefacts and memorabilia provided by people whose lives have been touched by donor conception.

Published: December 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New regulations starting December 2019

New regulations made under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2019 (the new regulations), start on December 13, 2019, and replace the earlier regulations which will no longer operate.

The new regulations expand the costs that can be reimbursed to a surrogate and include:

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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy

Brochure Order Form

The following brochures are available in hardcopy:

  • Possible health effects of IVF
  • Finding an egg donor
  • Finding a surrogate
  • Time to Tell
  • Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
  • Thinking of donating donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
  • Donor Conception Register Services

 

Donor conception

Donor Conception Network (UK)

We are a supportive network of 1,850 mainly UK based families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos, those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures; and donor conceived people.

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Experiences of donor conception - Chantele's story

There is no shame in being donor-conceived

In this video, Chantele shares her story that when she was eight years old that she was conceived using donor sperm, but not all of her family knew she was donor-conceived.

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